Billy Crystal's Tony Award-Winning Broadway Debut 700 Sundays Closes, June 12

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Billy Crystal ends his stellar Broadway debut in his Tony Award-winning solo, 700 Sundays, when the show closes at the Broadhurst Theatre June 12.

"The best work I've ever done in my life has been 700 Sundays," said Crystal following his Tony win for Best Special Theatrical Event. "It's reconnected me with myself and reminded me of what I do best, which is performing in front of people."

Crystal also expressed interest in touring with the show — which has proved a sell out box office success on Broadway — across the country and possibly to London. "I’m fascinated by taking it to the West End and seeing how the family would play over there," he said.

700 Sundays is billed as two-act play that "deals with [Crystal's] youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood." The title refers to the number of days Crystal got to spend with his busy-with-jobs father who died when young Billy was only 15.

Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Big River, The Who's Tommy) directs the solo work which began performances Nov. 12, 2004 and opened Dec. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre for a run originally slated through March 6.

Janice Crystal (the star's wife) and Larry Magid produce the Broadway run of the work which was developed at La Jolla Playhouse, where McAnuff is artistic director. In the weeks prior to its first performance, reports had the advance sales at over $6 million, though no official confirmation of advance or capitalization was released. As of Feb. 13, 2005, 700 Sundays had grossed more than $10 million according to data compiled by The League of American Theatres and Producers. Though no numbers were ever provided, production spokespersons boast that the show "set a new, all time record for highest grossing non-musical in Broadway history."

700 Sundays performs at the Broadhurst Theatre, located at 235 West 44 Street.

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